Deloitte has chosen a new global chairman, David Cruickshank, who previously chaired Deloitte UK.
Cruickshank succeeded Steve Almond as chairman of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, also known as Deloitte Global, who is retiring after four years at the helm of the global network.
Cruickshank was chairman of Deloitte’s U.K. firm from 2007 to 2015 and became global chairman on June 1.
“I feel very privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time for our profession — the needs of Deloitte’s clients, people, regulators and other stakeholders are changing rapidly,” he said in a statement. “Deloitte is dealing with these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways which will benefit all Deloitte stakeholders for years to come.”
There have been other recent changes with the firm’s global leadership. Earlier this month, Punit Renjen became global CEO of Deloitte (see Deloitte’s New Global CEO Takes Helm). “David’s long history of leadership, coupled with his experience advising global clients makes him an ideal person for this role,” said Renjen. “I look forward to working closely with David to continue to ensure Deloitte Global makes a positive impact for all stakeholders, including Deloitte clients, our people and society.”
Cruickshank has worked at Deloitte UK for more than 36 years and will continue to serve as an advisory partner to several of Deloitte UK’s largest clients. He previously led Deloitte UK’s tax practice, specializing in international tax. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1982 and is a 1979 graduate of the University of Edinburgh in Business and Economics.
Cruickshank will also succeed Almond on the board of directors of the Social Progress Imperative, a nonprofit organization that measures a country’s wider progress beyond GDP to include social and environmental development. He also recently became a Council Member of the International Integrated Reporting Council and a member of the Chairman’s Group of the World Economic Forum.
In addition, Cruickshank is a founding member of the 30% Club, an initiative that encourages UK companies to aim for at least 30 percent female representation on their boards and is chair of the Trustees of Education and Employers, a charity that creates great connections between schools and the workplace. Until last month, he was a Council Member of the Heart of the City, a charity that promotes philanthropy among City of London businesses and was a Business Council Member of Teach First, which provides teachers for disadvantaged schools.
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